No, Chicago's Neon Sun Doesn't Mean the World Is Ending

Published On 06/09/2015 Published On 06/09/2015

Many Chicagoans were scratching their heads and gazing up in awe Tuesday morning after waking up to discover the sun looking "fiery" red, and just downright weird. While generally overlooked in the morning rush to work, the sun ended up a star (get it?) on Twitter and Instagram today, thanks to its "neon," "fake" or, more obviously, "cool" appearance.

Turns out, the sun is actually not weird, or fake, or even cause for alarm, as the strange coloring resulted from smoke from Canadian fires, which appears has affected much of the upper Midwest, according to the National Weather Service:

Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and hasn't seen this strange phenomenon for himself, but thinks it's indeed pretty damn weird. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.



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